Welcome to Cranston!
New to the area? Here are a bunch of resources to help you get settled in.
3 Things You Gotta Do Before Move In Day
Aside from, you know, packing up your life and finding a place to live...
Register your moving truck

Will you be using a big moving truck on move-in day? You can park it on the street while you unload in the daytime, but no vehicles are allowed to be parked on Cranston streets at night without special permission from the police department. Call the department at 401.477.5000 before your move-in day to get permission to park your moving truck overnight if you need to. Note: You can also call this number in general if you have a guest or family member staying with you and your driveway doesn't have room for their car.

Start your utilities service

Get in touch with a utilities provider to make sure your lights/heat are on the first day you arrive.

Change your address

A few days before you move, you can use the US Postal Service change of address form to initiate mail forwarding. If you do it shortly before you leave, hopefully no mail will fall through the cracks. You'll have to update magazine/newspaper subscriptions yourself, though.

Trash and Recycling Pick Up

Cranston coordinates weekly trash pick up for all residents living in 1-4 family houses. To find out which day of the week they'll be stopping by your place, call 401.461.1000 extension 3175 with your new address on hand.

Every week they'll pick up your recycling, too. Make sure you put your recycling out because if you don't have your recycling bin out they won't take your trash away, either.

You should have a recycling bin at your new house when you get there, but if there isn't one don't panic; you can use any receptacle as long as it's clearly labeled 'recycling'.

Registering to Vote

If you're headed to a DMV to do any of the car related stuff talked about above, you can register to vote while you're at the DMV. If you're not headed to the DMV anytime soon, go ahead and fill out this form and mail it to:

Cranston City Hall
869 Park Ave.
Cranston, RI 02910

You'll need to enter your RI drivers' license number or your Social Security Number, so dig those cards out if you need to.

If you want to become active in Cranston local politics, head here to see a list of upcoming City Council meetings and agendas.

Contacting Your Local Government

Cranston City Hall is at:

869 Park Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910

You can head there between 8:30AM and 4:30PM on weekdays to ask questions, attend city council meetings, etc. You can also call them at 401.461.1000 to get connected to all sorts of city departments.

Car Related Stuff

Within Rhode Island

If you are moving to Cranston from within Rhode Island, you legally have ten days to let the DMV know of your address change. There's no need to schlep to the DMV itself - just mail this form to Division of Motor Vehicles Attn: Address Change, 600 New London Avenue, Cranston RI 02920. There's not even a fee!

Out of State Transfer

You must move your license to RI within 30 days of moving to the state. To do so, you'll need to head to a physical DMV branch (there's no way to do it online) with your out-of-state license, as well as several other documents. You'll need:

  • proof of residency (utility bill, bank statement, or payroll stub)
  • a signature document (like a passport, social security card, or work/school ID)
  • another identity document (passport, birth certificate, or naturalization document)
  • $31.50 in cash, or a credit card
It's easiest to fill out the form when you are AT the DMV and waiting- don't bother printing it out at home to fill it out in advance. Super top secret tip: Go to the Cranston, RI DMV right when it opens (9AM) and you'll only have to spend around 30-90 minutes on this. It's worth mentioning that your first RI license will only be good for 2 years, as opposed to 5.

Changing your vehicle registration

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Tips for Cranston Renters
We read the RI landlord-tenant handbook for you.
Your landlord can't ask for a deposit that's greater than the monthly rent.

They can, however, require you to pay a deposit + the first month's rent + the last month's rent in order to lock down the lease.

Save signed and dated copies of everything you send to your landlord.

If you end up needing to go to court with them, heaven forbid, nothing you sent them will really count towards your case unless you can personally produce all the missives.

The city will come inspect your house if your landlord isn't taking care of business.

If you notify your landlord of an issue in your home and they don't fix it in 20 days, call Cranston Code Enforcement at 401 780 6012 to schedule an inspection. Call between 9 and 10AM or between 3:30 and 4:30PM.

You can make repairs yourself and deduct costs from your next rent payment.

If your landlord doesn't fix something in 20 days, instead of calling the inspector you can just take care of it yourself. Make sure you notify your landlord of what you're doing, save all the receipts, and don't spend more than $125 per fix.

The state will weatherize your home for free.

A weatherized home means a greener environment and lower energy bills for you. If you meet these income requirements give the Comprehensive Community Action Program a call at 401.467.9610 to start the application process.

You should really get Renters Insurance.

Your landlord's insurance will not cover any stuff (clothes, furniture) that you lose in the event of a fire, flood or burglary. Renters insurance in RI is dirt cheap (about $19/month) and will help you pay to replace these things without going broke/crazy. You should definitely get it.

Electricity, Gas and Internet (oh my)

National Grid provides electricity and gas service to people living in Cranston. Head to this online form to start service, or call 800.870.1664. Have your Cranston address and Social Security Number on hand!

To find internet, TV and phone plans in Cranston, use WhiteFence to research and compare all your options. Spoiler alert: Verizon and Cox are the most popular providers in Rhode Island.

If you live in certain census tracts in Cranston, you qualify for free/cheap internet regardless of your individual income situation. Head to this site and type in your Cranston address to check if you live in an eligible census tract. Admittedly, these internet options are pretty slow and they will limit the amount of surfing you can do, but it's still a sweet deal and for some reason no one knows about it.

Roommate Fairness Tools
Organize bills, groceries, and rent

Make sure you create a good system for tracking who owes who and making sure bills and roommates get paid. I work on Splitwise, a website/iPhone/Android app which does all the math and tracking for you. Please give it a try! If you hate it, you can always go back to using a spreadsheet.

Split the rent fairly

If your bedrooms are of disparate quality (ie. one is much smaller than the rest), or if you are living with a couple, Splitwise also makes a tool called the SplitTheRent calculator to calculate a fair rent differential based on quality and size of rooms.

Value used furniture

If you need to put a fair price on your old furniture, or are trying to sell your share of a group couch from your last roommates, give the Splitwise furniture calculator a try. It uses age and condition to estimate a depreciated value.

The Sprague Mansion in Cranston

The Governor Sprague Mansion in Cranston is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Amasa Sprague, who was beaten to death in 1843 by John Gordon, whom he had denied a liquor license.

The Pawtuxet River in Cranston


The Pawtuxet River is about 12 miles long and empties into the Providence River.

A Map of Cranston + The Surrounding Region

Map_of_Cranston Click on the map to see detailed information on Cranston's demographics, economy, and more. Map courtesy of The Providence Plan.

Public Transportation

Rhode Island is connected by the RIPTA bus network. You can get from Cranston to downtown Providence in about 25 minutes using the bus. RIPTA has partnered with Google Maps to create a helpful trip planner for finding schedules and buses.

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Health and Safety
Here is a handy list of emergency contact information for Cranston.

All Emergency911
Poison Control800.222.1222
Gas Leak/Emergency800.640.1595
Power Out (Nat. Grid)800.465.1212
Fire Department401.461.5000
Police Department401.942.2211

For info on hospitals, urgent care centers, pet hospitals and crime rates in Cranston, see below the fold.

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Registering Your Doggy

If you are moving to Cranston with a dog, you must register your pet with the city. Send a letter with your name and Cranston address, proof of rabies vaccination, and $10 to:

Cranston City Hall
869 Park Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910

They'll send the proof of registration to you at your Cranston address once they've processed it.
Pet emergencies

For pet emergencies, you can use the Cranston Animal Hospital at 1119 Park Avenue. Their phone number is 401.943.0770.

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